By Kara Brichacek, Clarkson, Neb.
“Ahoj” from Brichacek Farms. I hope you all had a really merry Christmas and an ideal begin to the New 12 months! Most of all, I hope you all had been capable of make it by the horrible chilly entrance that hung round for manner too lengthy final week.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to get residence from work earlier on that Wednesday earlier than the snow and chilly had been presupposed to hit us. I am grateful for that as a result of the next three days took a toll on all of us. In these few days, there have been extra pipes and tanks frozen than not. Once I turned on a faucet or checked a tank, I had no expectations for working water.
We thought we had been ready, however the chilly temperatures beat us. The pipes in the home froze a number of occasions however the largest headache for us was a cattle waterer. The thermostat on this new water tank was defective, so the boys put in a unique thermostat the week prior. We had been hoping that may stop any points, however we stood corrected.
The primary morning of the damaging temps created a water tank that was frozen so stable you could not even chip away at it with a submit pounder. We spent the following 24 hours with frozen fingers making an attempt to determine the place the difficulty was. The complete motive behind getting this new water tank in earlier than winter was to keep away from this precise problem! It made me marvel how our earlier 20-year-old waterer would have weathered the storm.
To our astonishment, the pipes manner beneath the tank, within the floor had been frozen stable. One other actuality examine for us simply how chilly it received when the solar went down that first night time. The boys had been capable of hook up a heater and get it thawed. Undecided who was happier when the water began flowing in that trough once more, us or that one pen of cattle.
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I attempted to maintain the hens heat by bedding them down heavier, feeding them extra and ensuring the wind wasn’t capable of creep into the coop. Sadly, I misplaced one hen. It was my final white leghorn. The rest are Rhode Island reds. This specific hen was picked on fairly a bit by the opposite hens, so she went into that week wanting a bit weak. I am anxious to get extra laying hens this spring, particularly with the value of eggs within the grocery retailer as we speak.
The horses had been prepared for the temperatures to rise once more as effectively. By night time three of strapping weatherproof blankets on them, they had been fully over them. They weren’t the one ones! I drug the blankets out on that remaining freezing night time. They took one look at me coming in the direction of them, able to bundle them up once more, and took off with their heels within the air. We’re grateful that bitter stretch is in our rear-view mirror.
We now have had a number of extra calves in the previous couple of weeks! All pairs have been sturdy up to now moreover one. We tried to wean a earlier calf earlier this yr. The calf jumped again along with his cow or broke fence to get again along with his cow a number of occasions. We lastly received them separated however manner later than after we had meant and after we ought to have. With that being mentioned, we’re experiencing the damaging impacts with that cow and her new calf from her. The cow has a reasonably small bag and the calf struggles to get sufficient to eat from her. So, we’re having to bottle feed him as effectively.
However he’s rising and getting stronger. He appears to be gaining confidence round his cow de ella to get the little milk that she does have. I simply moved him to nurse from the bucket as a result of 2 quarts from the bottle was not slicing it for him anymore.
These bucket calves have a particular place in my coronary heart, and I certain have a tough time not getting too connected! This one is already pulling on my coronary heart strings. He follows me round and has a white marking on his face within the form of a coronary heart, so I’m positively being examined. However I’m making an attempt my greatest to not title this one as a result of I do know he will probably be a steer subsequent yr.
The bottom has been refreshingly muddy the previous few days. We woke as much as a stupendous, white lined farm one morning this week. It did not grasp round for lengthy although as temperatures reached into the 40s this week. Appears like eternally since we’ve got needed to maneuver round within the mud!
Wishing the perfect yr upon all of you. I hope 2023 is stuffed with many blissful moments, folks that make you are feeling liked, and locations that really feel like residence. I reward God as a result of I do know I can discover that proper right here on this farm. I’ll by no means be capable of thank the Lord sufficient for this farm and this household. Till subsequent time! “Spanem Bohem!”